Hemstock and Morrison Named To LEC All-Conference Softball Team

Hemstock and Morrison Named To LEC All-Conference Softball Team

PAWTUCKET, R.I.—For the first time in each of their softball careers, senior infielders Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) and Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) have been named to the Little East Conference Softball All-Conference Softball Team, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Hemstock was named to the First Team as a second baseman, while Morrison earned the third baseman spot on the LEC Second Team. The two all-conference infielders marked just the third-time in program history, the Beacons had two All-Conference players along the infield.

Hemstock enjoyed the best year of her career, as the Northford, Conn. native produced new career-highs in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage, runs scored, extra-base hits and stolen bases. In her first year as an every-day second baseman, Hemstock led the Beacons with 38 hits, 27 runs scored, 19 RBI, four home runs and 60 total bases. She also led the team with her .619 slugging percentage, while finishing in a tie for first with her seven stolen bases and second on the team with her .422 on-base percentage and six doubles.

The senior hit safely in 23 of the team's 30 contests, including recording multiple-hits in 10 games. Hemstock enjoyed one of the best games of her collegiate career on April 17, when she tied the program-record with two home runs in a single game against Brandeis University. In the team's six wins, Hemstock hit .619 (13-21) with nine runs scored, eight RBI and five extra-base hits. In addition to her tremendous offensive output, she recorded 46 assists and 46 putouts, against just six errors.

Morrison earned All-Conference honors in her first and only season in softball, to become the first athlete in school history to earn All-Conference honors in three sports.  The senior three-sport athlete finishes her collegiate career with eight All-Conference honors in nine total seasons, with four in volleyball, three in basketball and one in softball. She had previously been tied with Katherine Wall ('08), Andrea Ciarletta ('07) and Maria Nasta ('12), as the only UMass Boston athletes to have earned All-Conference honors in multiple sports.

In 22 starts, Morrison led the Beacons with her .412 batting average and finished with 28 hits, 11 runs scored, 12 RBI, a .529 slugging percentage and a .431 on-base percentage. She also added two doubles and two home runs in 68 total at-bats. Morrison's number were even better against conference opponents, as the senior hit a robust .476 against LEC opponents with seven runs and eight RBI in 42 games. The senior third baseman recorded at least one hit in 17 of her 22 games, including ending her career on a 10-game hitting streak. Over the course of the final 10 games, Morrison hit .580 (18-31) with seven multiple-hit games.